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Holiday Treats in Copenhagen
Royal Danish Ballet - December 2006

Swan Lake
December 15, 2006
- Opera House
by Kate Snedeker

On this unseasonably warm evening, a captivating performance of "Swan Lake" at the Opera House provided a welcome distraction from the rainy reality outside. Peter Martins' version of the ballet, based on earlier productions by Ivanov, Petipa and Balanchine, takes a more abstract, less story-based approach to the traditional classic.

Swan Lake
December 16, 2006 - Opera House
by Kate Snedeker

Swan Lake
by Kate Snedeker
December 18, 2006 - Opera House

by Kate Snedeker
December 20, 2006 - Royal Theatre

by Kate Snedeker
December 21, 2006 - Royal Theatre

Further commentary on the performances and ballets can be found in our RDB forum

Guest Editorial

Why I Applauded for the 'BNP Ballerina'
by Shirley Dent
Reprinted from Spiked-Online

“Poor girl. She must be shaking like a leaf. It’s absolutely nerve-wracking”. Jane, a 70-year-old balletomane, is waiting in the London Coliseum’s lobby before Friday’s English National Ballet (ENB) matinee performance of “Giselle”. She is talking about 36-year-old Simone Clarke, the ENB principal dancer due to play the eponymous heroine in this afternoon’s show. But Jane isn’t just referring to the normal nervous exhilaration that any prima donna must feel before a performance; there is also the fact that a loud group of protesters has gathered outside to chant their disapproval of Simone Clarke’s membership and support of the far-right British National Party (BNP).

Forums Flashes
Direct from the CD forum...

Royal Ballet - 'La Sylphide' and 'Napoli Divertissements'
a lively forum discussion

The dancing I thought was very good, there were several people doing solos or the pas de six that I had not really seen doing prominent roles before and it was very refreshing to see. I read somewhere that Johan likes to give opportunities to people because that's what happened to him and I applaud him for having the savvy and confidence to do this and it paid off as far as I'm concerned with some very nice dancing... (PB2003)

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Ballet Down Under - The Australian Ballet
by Kate Snedeker
Having returned from a successful tour to London, where they made a memorable impression with Graeme Murphy's "Swan Lake", The Australian Ballet is riding a high. The ballet world "up above" rarely has a chance to see this world-class company from Down Under.  Artistic Director David McAllister kindly took time out of his busy schedule to speak with me about his career and the company.

The Kirov Ballet's Svetlana Ivanova
by Catherine Pawlick

During my daily visits to the Maryinsky Theatre, one particular dancer caught my eye, and her tale is especially unique. We struck up a conversation between rehearsals one day, and she shared her story with me.
Svetlana Ivanova is, on the one hand, easily overlooked. On the other hand, her physique, technical capacity and innate talents have been noticed...


Cloud Gate Dance Theatre - 'Wind Shadow'
by David Mead -- November 26, 2006, National Theatre, Taipei, Taiwan
In Spring 2005, Lin Hwai-Min met New York-based contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang backstage at a Cloud Gate performance...Lin suggested they work together on a new production for his company. The outcome is the at times stark, but often visually stunning and thought provoking “Wind Shadow.”

Pacific Northwest Ballet - 'Nutcracker'
by Dean Speer -- November 24, 2006, McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington
Now in its 24th year, this PNB holiday offering continues to delight audiences of all ages and to astonish repeat goers. Opening night audiences certainly got an “A” cast with Louise Nadeau as the adult Clara and Olivier Wevers as her dashing prince. Both were elegant and strong for their respective variations...

Compagnie Linga - When a Table is Centerstage
by Rosella Simonari -- December 22, 2006, Pergolesi Theatre, Jesi (Ancona), Italy
Can four dancers sitting around a table create a thrilling dynamic quality? The answer is definitely yes when the four dancers in question are members of the Swiss Compagnie Linga and when the piece is “Concerto” (1996), their most successful work.  The piece opens with four chairs lined up downstage left.

San Francisco Ballet - 2007 Gala - Glamour and Glitz
by Katie Rosenfeld-- January 24, 2007, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, CA

Complexions Contemporary Ballet - In Excess
by Cecly Placenti -- January 14, 2007, Joyce Theatre, New York City

Tulsa Ballet - 'Nutcracker'
by Gretchen Collins -- December 10, 2006, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre - 'The Tale of the White Serpent'
by David Mead -- December 10, 2006, National Theatre, Taipei, Taiwan

'Jersey Boys'
by Toba Singer -- December 10, 2006, Curran Theater, San Francisco

Scottish Ballet - 'Cinderella'
by Kate Snedeker -- December 9, 2006, Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Scotland

Limon Dance Company - Looking Back and Moving Forward
by Cecly Placenti -- November 22, 2006, Joyce Theatre, New York

Tulsa Ballet - Celebrate Oklahoma!
by Gretchen Collins -- November 12, 2006, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma

'I Can't Stop Loving You: The Music of Ray Charles'
by Gretchen Collins -- November 14, 2006, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Darcey Bussell and Igor Zelensky
by Ana Abad-Carles -- November 18, 2006, Sadler's Wells, London

editors' choice

· Vancouver International Dance Festival
February 21 - April 1, 2007 -- Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Dance companies from around the world perform in multiples venues in Vancouver.

· MOVE IT 2007
March 16-18, 2007 -- Olympia Exhibition Centre, London
In March the UK's biggest dance exhibition will bring together every style of dance under one roof for three amazing days.



For ballet-dance magazine

Executive Editor
Kate Snedeker

Executive Editor 2003-2005
Mary Ellen Hunt

Senior and Supervising Editors
Mary Ellen Hunt, Azlan Ezaddin, Holly Messitt, Catherine Pawlick

Associate Editors & Compositors
Katie Rosenfeld, Cecly Placenti, Dean Speer, Francis Timlin, Toba Singer, Lori Ibay, Lisa Claybaugh

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